Neck pain can result from muscle tension caused by stress and fatigue, and this tension often leads to headaches, migraines or other pain.
In addition, muscle tension can put extra pressure on the joints of the neck which can irritate the spinal nerves. This can give rise to ‘referred’ pain (the irritation of the nerve in one area can sometimes lead to pain, known as ‘referred’ pain, in other parts of the body) or numbness or ‘pins and needles’ in your shoulders, arms and hands.
If pain has not improved progressively after several days’ rest, a visit to your chiropractor is advisable. Specific chiropractic adjustments can restore mobility to your spine and relieve the pressure on the nerves of your neck. Massage and other techniques can also help to relax the neck muscles, so further reducing the pain.
As it supports the weight of your head with the aid of a highly mobile system of muscles and ligaments, the neck is very vulnerable. Nowadays, we spend a great deal of time sitting, or working at computers, or performing repetitive tasks. This often causes postural problems and muscle tension in the neck, which may give rise to abnormal nerve function and pain.
Chiropractic manipulation and active rehabilitation of the muscles and other soft tissues will help restore normal movement to your neck. Your chiropractor may also prescribe exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility and help relieve any long-term pain and discomfort.